Paris Fashion Week: Rick Owens showed his S/S 2016 line today, and included a number of upside-down models strapped to other models, clinging on for dear life. It was a clear reference to Leigh Bowery‘s infamous “birthing” outfit, in which he gave birth onstage to his wife Nicola, who had been strapped to him for hours, unbeknownst to anyone. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I just love it when fashion references great moments in history. (via The Muse)
The The New York Times reports:
Then came the first of many models who wore fellow travelers on their backs like knapsacks, trussed to them with padded straps, face up, face down, upside-down or trailing: women bearing women, often in gymnastic contortions. (They were reportedly local gymnasts.) “She ain’t heavy,” the message seemed to run, “she’s my sister.”
It was transporting and affecting (not least because of the live performance by the vocalist Eska), as well as confounding and odd. There were gasps and iPhone photos, but no immediate explanation from Mr. Owens, a provocateur with a long history of and taste for on-the-runway theatrics.